When: Sun., Aug. 11, 7:30 p.m. 2019
Add this up: One has been “Rockin’ the Suburbs” with his playful, and, at times, somber piano tunes for more than 25 years and the other, cult favorites and a band of explicit folk punks and kings of the ol’ “Kiss Off.” Pairing Ben Folds and the Violent Femmes together might not make a ton of sense on paper, but if you consider each artist, their fan bases, and their respective affinity for jangly tongue-in-cheek jams (many of which include hand-claps), we can totally see why these two low-key legends are sharing a bill. Violent Femmes have endured some interpersonal drama, notably a lawsuit over band credit and the use of ‘Blister in the Sun” in a Wendy’s commercial and, most recently, added Hotel Last Resort to their discography . Meanwhile, since the dissolution of Ben Folds Five, a solo Folds has gone on to do everything from a sonic collaboration with writer Nick Hornby, an a cappella record, a symphonic chamber rock album, and served as a judge on NBC’s The Sing-Off. Oh! And he wrote a memoir, this year’s A Dream about Lightning Bugs, which he will be reading and signing at Ann Arbor’s the Blind Pig on Monday following the concert.